Hacker targets NFL's Twitter page, says Roger Goodell died
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goddell smiles before the season opening game between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
For the space of five minutes Tuesday, football fans across the internet stared at news that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had died, as announced by the league's Twitter page. The story came up, a morbid piece next to reports of a fan making an obscene gesture while posing with the commissioner. More than 1,700 people retweeted the news.
And then, in a flash, the tweet was gone just as quickly as it had appeared. The news was not true.
The NFL Twitter page, it turned out, had been hacked.